Tag Archive for water

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

Image of fabled sea serpent of Ireland retrieved

An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent – Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster – has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive. Source: Ireland’s Loch Ness…

Asparagus watergate

News Driblet: Has Whole Foods become “a bizarre religious cult”? Whole Foods tried to sell Los Angelenos actual asparagus in a bottle of water—for $6 Source: Asparagus water: This week’s overpriced yuppie Whole Foods diet trend garbage – Salon.com Yuck. The product has been removed. Tip: Bob M.

Blood-red water flows through Wenzhou

It’s really foreboding when the waters run red like blood. In this modern society, it typically means pollution. Suspicious Blood-red Water Inundates River in Wenzhou. An inner city waterway in the eastern city of Wenzhou was found to have been inundated by an influx of blood-red water this morning. Local residents say the river was…

Exorcism death by water

There is not much information on this one but another example of a mistaken assumption of posession and the dangers of being in the hands of the superstitious. It’s not just Roman Catholics that practice exorcisms. Japan woman dies at hands of professional exorcist – Yahoo!7. Japanese police probing the death of a woman who…

Don’t throw the gold out with the dishwater

Residents find gold flakes coming from the tap in Montana neighborhood. Whitehall residents: Gold in drinking water | Missoula Local News – NBCMontana.com. Two Whitehall residents say they’re finding gold flakes in their tap water and that it’s raising concerns about what else might be in the water. NBC Montana was in Whitehall today and…

The bleeding road of Leek

Locals have noticed a red discoloration in a roadway that makes it appear as if the road is bleeding. However, there is a logical, chemical explanation. Red stain on A523 road into Leek explained by Staffordshire County Council The presence of iron from a water seepage could be the reason for a road turning red…

Fluoridation court ruling in New Zealand

Fluoridation is a reasonable activity for the common good. It is not medication, says a new ruling. Fluoridation a local government issue: court. The High Court has affirmed the right of local government to fluoridate drinking water. In a decision released today, Justice Rodney Hansen threw out claims from anti-fluoride campaigners who disputed the South…

Kansas pond of blood

A pond turns red in just a day, freaking people out. Mysterious phenomenon in Wichita neighborhood | Local News – Home. The weirdness began Tuesday morning when the pond outside his Wichita house took on a pinkish color. Within a few hours, it had turned blood red. Fernandez says the pond is full of fish,…

New “Jordan River” appears in Nigeria; People flock to be “healed” in filthy water

Skeptical advocate Leo Igwe reports on a serious situation in Nigeria where desperate and sick people are flocking to a “miracle” site that will bring nothing certain except disease. ‘Mystery Lake’, Miracle Cures And The Looming Epidemic In Enugu State – ModernGhana.com. According to a local reporter, some Fulani herdsmen heard an explosion on the…

I’d prefer some wine instead – Radioactive well in Florida referred to as “fountain of youth”

Artesian well brings up water high in magnesium and radon. Drink it at your own risk but it probably won’t kill you. The “fountain of youth” claim is a bit of a stretch. Florida’s Radioactive Fountain of Youth May Prolong Life. Thanks to the myth of Ponce de Leon’s trip, Florida—known for its large population…

Who ya gonna call – a hydrogeologist

Saw this a few days ago reported as “slime” under the street in Philadelphia (cue Ghost Busters theme music – Who ya gonna call?) snopes.com: The Philadelphia Experiment. A sinkhole opened on a Philadelphia street and the standing water was fluorescent Ninja Turtle GREEN? What’s the deal? It was posted to Reddit and causes a…

Ionized alkalinized humbug

It’s JUST water! Ionized and alkalinized water: Ridiculous health fad debunked. – Slate Magazine. With each iteration, beginning with bottled waters derived from glaciers (tres European) to the recent “enhanced water,” H2O has moved closer to the first-class cabin. But the latest version is a real head-scratcher: ionized, alkalinized water. Companies such as Chanson, Kangen,…

Pepsi and Coke to launch more “health and beauty” drinks. Gulp!

New Pepsi ‘Special’ Claims to Contain Fat-Blockers | Foodbeast. Pepsi Special, a drink deemed by the Japanese government as a “food for specified health uses,” is Japan’s newest addition to its soft drink repertoire. The dextrin found in this particular vein of Pepsi is reportedly helpful when it comes to blocking fat, making it difficult…

Anti-fluoride campaigns persuade with pseudoscience

New Zealand struggles with anti-fluoridation pseudoscience too. Anti-fluoride campaigners bamboozle with pseudoscience | Voxy.co.nz. Local bodies will continue to be bombarded with pseudoscience by anti-fluoride campaigners, Dr Stephen Palmer, Medical Officer of Health from the National Fluoride Information Service told the Water New Zealand conference in Rotorua today. “In the absence of clear facts, pseudoscience…

The red Yangtze and other portents of doom spark political rumors in China

No official explanation yet for why the Yangtze turned red. But, superstitions abound in China as several events are linked together in people’s minds. What has a ‘red Yangtze’ got to do with Xi Jinping? – The China Post. The Yangtze River mysteriously turned red. Thousands of alligators strangely surfaced at a lake in Nanjing.…

Yangtze River Runs Red

Yangtze River Turns Red and Turns Up a Mystery | ABC News Blogs – Yahoo!. For a river known as the “golden watercourse,” red is a strange color to see. Yet that’s the shade turning up in the Yangtze River and officials have no idea why. The red began appearing in the Yangtze, the longest…

Anatomy of a propaganda press release: Fluoride and IQ (UPDATED)

Reuters reprints a press release from a scare group misrepresenting research about fluoride. Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ – Published in Federal Gov’t Journal Harvard University researchers’ review of fluoride/brain studies concludes “our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” It was published online July 20 in Environmental…

Sinking the silly idea of aquatic dinosaurs

Dinosaurs must have lived in water, scientist claims – Telegraph. Professor Brian J Ford said the prehistoric creatures “just don’t work” in the way palaeontologists have understood for decades. He believes their tails were too large and cumbersome for them to hunt or move with agility, and said they could not have consumed enough food…